Totally Homemade Kale and Spicy Sausage Soup

I made this soup guys. Like, from scratch!  On Wednesday night I was craving rotisserie chicken and didn’t feel like making dinner so I picked one up.  Paul and I attacked it and every piece of meat was quickly devoured.  What remained were the bones and carcass.  40 days ago I would have tossed it, obviously.  However this new cavelady thing caused me to toss it in the good ole crockpot, add some carrots and onions, spices, garlic cloves, and water.  Then I turned it on low and left it for 18 or so hours to stew.  

Guess what I got after all that time? Yummy homemade chicken stock!  I was planning on saving it for later but since it was already hot I put it in a big pot on the stove, added carrots, onions, ripped up kale, more spices, and some sea salt.  I had picked up some spicy, local italian sausage so I ripped open the casing on two of them, crumbled them into a skillet and browned them.  Then, you guessed it, I dumped it all in the pot!  I let that simmer for 20 minutes or so to soak up all the flavors and then served it up.  It was REALLY good and I was proud 🙂  Even Paul liked it, kale and all!!! 

To make the soup yourself, you can use store bought chicken broth/stock or make some on your own!  If you buy it just make sure it doesn’t have any sugar added! 

– in a big pot fill halfway with chicken broth, add any spices you like.  I like italian seasoning, oregano, basil, sage

– chop up half an onion, 4 carrots, and rip up a half a bunch of kale and put everything in the pot

– while that is simmering, cooking the veggies, brown some sausage (can be any kind, but check for sugar!!!)

– once it is cooked through toss the sausage with the rendered fat into the pot

– salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until the veggies are tender and the broth is flavorful


If you have celery, or a couple pieces of bacon those would be really good additions too! I will try both for the next go with this yummy and super filling soup! I actually wish I had some leftover because I am a little bit sick tonight and it would have been perfect 🙁 

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Comments: 2

  1. MarkinCA June 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Thank you for the recipe Rachael and here’s my tweaked version:

    2 – 32oz boxes of Chicken Stock or Broth.
    ½ Onion – I used a large yellow variety for this.
    5 Carrots – medium to large size.
    4 Celery stocks – medium to large size.
    Kale – to nice size handfuls of Kale.
    1 lb Italian Sausage (no sugar content variety)
    2 tbsp Italian seasoning – that’s 2 “healthy” tbsps folk!
    1 tbsp Salt
    Pepper to taste – I shook the pepper shaker for about 5 seconds.

    I used a 1 gallon stock pot for this recipe. Pour your chicken stock/broth in the pot and set the flame on low and cover.

    Cut, chop, and dice the required onion, carrots, and celery and place them directly into the pot. Place your two handfuls of Kale into the pot. I purchased a bag of cut Kale from the store, and placed an amount which blended and gave a good balance between the stock and other ingredients.

    Add the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the pot, stir, and turn the flame up to high. You can perform a taste test at this point for Italian seasoning, salt, or pepper additions to your taste. As your soup just starts to indicate a boil, turn the flame down to low/simmer, cover.

    Grab your favorite skillet, heat it up, and place your Italian sausage in and brown it up real good. Chop it up as your turning the sausage to brown. When done, place the sausage and fat rendering into the pot and stir to mix all the contents, and cover, continuing with your flame set at low/simmer. Set your timer for 25 minutes and stir the contents from time to time.

    This soup rocks! It tasted good, of course, upon completion, but even better after it sits overnight in the refrigerator. I had a bowl this morning for breakfast and wanted another, but thought I should save some for my wife.

    The bacon would also be a good addition. I was looking for some at the store last night, but everything had sugar. I’ll probably have to go to Whole Foods to find bacon possibly without sugar.

    In addition, my wife and I have recently started the Whole30 program, which has been going well. We’re on day six as of this writing and am thoroughly enjoying the program and gradual change over in eating habits. My wife enjoys the soup and just mentioned that it would be even more filling with the additions of some potatoes. I said yes it would, but its not on the Whole30 menu. Take care and enjoy!

    • thefreckledfoodie June 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply

      Thank you for sharing! Best of luck on the rest of your Whole30! I hope it goes as well as mine have 🙂

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